Welcome to Dr. Wenzhen Li's Research Lab at Iowa State University!


We are a group of researchers at Iowa State who are keen to understand the mechanisms of important electrochemical transformations of small molecules for potential energy and environmental applications. The acquired new understandings and insights will enable us to explore advanced electrochemical materials, and more efficient processes and devices (electrolyzers and fuel cells). Our research projects include development of advanced electrocatalysts, electrochemical conversion of biomass feedstock to chemicals and fuels, ammonia electrosynthesis, electroreduction of nitrate and nitrite, carbon dioxide reduction, seawater electrolyzer for H2 production, electrosynthesis of hydrogen peroxide, and hydrogen oxidation and evolution reactions in alkaline electrolytes. Our interdisciplinary research is at the interface of Science and Engineering, with a core research strength in the development of electrochemical flow cells.

We meet Fridays at 1:10 PM in the Biorenewables Research Laboratory (BRL) 2nd floor Interaction Room. Due to the coronavirus spread issue, we have moved to virtual meetings this year We welcome graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in catalysis, fuel cells, electrolyzers, biorenewables and energy research to join us!  

Currently, we have a postdoc opening in CO2 reduction research, and welcome qualified candidates to apply.


Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering

617 Bissell Rd.

Iowa State University

Ames, IA 50011-1098 



Dr. Wenzhen Li

Office: 2140 BRL

Phone: (515) 294-4582

Email: wzli@iastate.edu  

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Last Updates: 11/23/2020

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